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CSPAN
Dec 22, 2012 7:00pm EST
would've gotten this unless they saw me as a democrat. when i got there, under the obama administration, i think it was a great deal of frustration. i think it was viewed as a traitor for having been so critical of the obama administration is a democrat. you know, one of my favorite rumors that they spread was that i was actually going to push and become a republican and run for office as a republican. his is one of their, you know, one of the rumors. of course, it was not true. but when you have a job like that, your job is not to be a democrat or a republican. you have to put politics out of your mind. early on, it was something we struggled with. we are putting out an audit that he we knew would be very hurtful to the obama administration. particularly going into the midterms. and you say, i'm a democrat, i can still serve under obama. how i feel about putting out a report that i know that it was at the cbi in an area that's horrible. the answer is i took an oath of office. i put my hand on the family bible and i swore to uphold the job i was going to do. and ultimately, that always
MSNBC
Dec 23, 2012 12:00pm PST
for the fiscal cliff failure on president obama. democrats think otherwise. let's bring in karsz bass. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me on. >> is there a chance the economy could fail on the extent of the greece economy. >> i was very optimistic on wednesday. on thursday when boehner could not get the votes from his own caucus for his own deal that definitely left me concerned. this is so reminiscent of last year the payroll tax cut where the house gop kind of fell apart and the leadership had to come from the senate so i think that is probably the case. >> republicans say the president has not been willing to compromise. republican congressman from ohio on cnn this morning said the president has to act on spending before there can be a deal. let's listen to that. >> where the president has not been serious is the other side of the equation. he is all about taxes and has this mandate on taxes but the spending cuts, the need to get us out of this mess, he hasn't been serious about those and that is unfortunate. >> he is saying president obama is all about raising taxes and not ab
FOX Business
Dec 22, 2012 11:00pm EST
thing ironed out. i think kerry reid and the senate and obama, because the democrats in the senate are doing his bidding, that is where the real obstacles to getting something done. >> there was a perception created that the vote last night would increase taxes. now, i disagree with that characterization. but that impression is out there. the number of our members who just really didn't want to be perceived as having to raise taxes. that was the real issue. gerri: in some ways he was talking about grover norquist. the man it is about this tax pledge where is the common ground there? >> the reason that we have a plan be now is because the houses are devoted to pass all of the bills. gerri: but how do you find common ground thee? them and that's what the speaker was trying to do. he was talking about the race there now. as you saw, the president and the house, where we go from here, we need republicans who are serious about cutting the size of government and decide they're going to do something to that ball forward. republicans need to use their leverage in those battles. gerri: it's
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 1:00pm EST
think someone is an. there's a big debate about this when obama was selected by the democrats ended assorted out down now. the idea is we are beyond noticing are thinking about issues of race. i guess that is what that means. obviously we are. too many things have happened. even the presence of, and the white house raises racial questions for some people say that while we may be on the way some day to be post-racial, i think it is fair to say we are not now. >> host: do have relationship with president obama? >> guest: not really, no. >> host: "and justice for all," her most recent book i'm a professor at the university of pennsylvania. former chairwoman of the u.s. commission on civil rights. here's a history of the u.s. commission on civil rights. very frances berry on booktv on c-span 2. >> now another interview from the university of pennsylvania. stephanie mccurry sat down to discuss her book about her reckoning, looking at internal politics during the civil war and the influence the southern limit of a hat on the worst outcome. it's a little under half an hour. >> confederate
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 10:00am EST
that it is unacceptable to use these weapons, and i do not think he is going to do it. >> the obama administration has approved increased sanctions on iran. as the head of a democrat on the foreign affairs committee, how do you plan to move forward? do you plan to push for more sanctions on the iranian regime, or go along with the obama administration's approach? >> i am for more sanctions in iran. we ought to keep the pressure on them. >> in what is your relationship like with your counterpart on the house foreign relations committee and in the senate? have you propose moving forward on issues -- how do you propose moving forward on issues? >> i think we will work together. i am looking forward to working with ed royce, the new chairman in-house. >> how do you plan to use your post? >> foreign-policy should be bipartisan. i am a strong supporter of israel. i am a strong supporter of u.s. involvement around the world. -- u.n. involvement around the world. >> two minutes left. >> the house foreign affairs committee over the last year was consumed by infighting. most of their legislation never was signe
PBS
Dec 23, 2012 3:30pm PST
obama did. >> i want to add to the clinton tribute. the most charismatic bill clinton. for stellar performance of the democratic national convention. his 40 minute speech was critical for a second term for barack obama. it redefined the global economic crisis. he described it as a product of >>> okay. bummest rap, pat? >> hurricane sandy was caused by global warming. what a croc. >> eleanor? >> i can't let that go by. i'll meet you in the parking lot afterwards. okay. bummest rap scapegoating susan rice on benghazi. >> you don't think she brought it on herself? >> no. >> mark? >> the bummest rap to my mind was the assumption or the allegations that the supreme court on obamacare was acting out of politics and not out of their understanding of the law. >> clarence? >> yeah. i have susan rice on the top of my list. but i'll add and say nate silver's liberal bias proved to be a mythcal because he was dead on correct in his prediction on his election. >> the bummest rap. the rap recited by bill clinton to a long of democratic convention delegations that the republican party is responsi
CSPAN
Dec 22, 2012 7:45pm EST
? >> by all appearances, it was a status quo election. returning us to the division of power, obama and the white house, democrats in control of the senate and republicans in the house. but appearances can be deceiving and in this case they are. the most important reality of the election is that the republican effort to oppose anything and everything proposed by obama, almost like the parliamentary party, was not rewarding and taking the debt ceiling hostage was not rewarded. calling the obama health care plan, which was their own only a few years earlier, socialism was not reported. that means they have to begin to rethink themselves and importantly, democrats will not automatically embrace the same tactics in opposition, so i think that was an important change that creates a new dynamic, not that it's going to solve our problems. there's going to be no sitting around the camp liar and washington making nice to one another, but the possibility now exists for a real effort and a successful effort to deal with our most pressing problems. >> two familiar washington faces, thomas mann
FOX News
Dec 22, 2012 8:00pm PST
to the american people. there are three branches of government, you know, we didn't elect president obama to be the dictator. we have another branch which, where the democrats lost and people who voted for republicans were very concerned about the size of government, paul. i mean, they've allowed this to be a debate about tax rates, but the real problem, i think, for most republicans and people who voted for them is that they see how the cost s rate that is just unsustainable. i mean, the country cannot survive the kinds of increases in entitlement payoffs that will occur if there's not reform. >> paul: there's at least in my reporting, the president has offered only one substantive entitlement reform and that's a change how we calculate inflation for benefits and tax brackets and that was agreed to last year. it's really minor in the scheme of things, nothing else sustainable. >> i think that the president is overplaying his hand, paul. he's going to need republican vote next year to raise the debt ceiling and needs the republicans votes for second term items, immigration reform and humi
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 6:30pm EST
. and this is a conversation i had with david, one of the obama senior advisers, about the durability of this democratic victory. he said this was about barack obama. the infrastructure of the campaign was very important, but the republicans are one great national candidate away from getting back in the game. that is the way the politics plays out. host: and jim, the house of representatives. guest: i think the question that the ast, we now read a congress on both sides, because of gerrymandering, because of the primary threats right and left in the election, one of the most remarkable numbers i have seen, i think it was in "the new york times," where it was written that over half of the republicans were reelected with 60% of the vote. the bottom line is they are concerned about primaries, not general elections. host: here is one the senate, we hear is one that said -- there was back and forth over the music. guest: there was. i think they had some fun with their different musical tastes. i do not think mitt romney became a big ac/dc fan. coastal we go back to our book, and our guests, glenn thrush and
FOX News
Dec 23, 2012 7:00am PST
years in the senate. harry reid has not been able to produce a budget and the budget president obama recommended last year or two years ago when to the democratic senate and went down in flames 99-1. his own party can't agree on a simple budget. >> what is reed's role? >> i think reid's role is to protect the president, which i think is foolish. when boehner was trying to get the votes for the compromise bill last week, and we saw that strange business where harry reid was coming out and we knew president obama said he wasn't going to support it, then harry reid saying we're not going to take this bill up. it wasn't even going to get president obama. the only thing i can see is that harry reid is trying to protect the president, which if you look through history, parties protecting their president in a second term usually pay a very heavy price in second admit terms. i don't think -- midterms. i don't think this is be different harry reid protects him from hard decisions. >> got leave it there. take care. >> chris wallace will be here for more on the fiscal cliff and we'll hear from
ABC
Dec 23, 2012 9:00am EST
obama remembering senator daniel inouye on friday. a rare moment where democrats and republicans came together. that american hero, we'll talk about the rest of the week's politicians on our roundtable joined by peggy noonan of "the wall street journal," mayor cory booker of newark, matthew dowd, also grover norquist, also an nra board member and katrina vanden heuvel, publisher and editor of "the nation" and you write for washingtonpost.com. let me bring to you t"the wall street journal", you have a blow-by-blow account of how the speaker's plan collapsed after the president's plan collapsed, as well. in your view what went wrong? it seems like there were so many wrong turns and absolute collapse. >> yeah, it has been a bit of a debacle -- i think you can say. i think the speaker has been in an impossible situation and i think that he tried to put forward a plan that just might save things a little, and it didn't work. i do think part of the story, which is doesn't get enough attention from folks like us is that the president has been a little michael corleone towards the republicans
CBS
Dec 23, 2012 6:00am PST
dallas sparks. and the run of a westin hotel suite that the obama family calls home during the 2008 democratic convention. >> we're special this weekend, you know? we're out and people are taking care of us and helping us and we're going to enjoy the weekend but we're taking with us forever >> reporter: an escape captured forever me photographs, just some of the thousands filling the photo albums of more than 600 families and counting. >> hi! >> reporter: elizabeth giordano and daughters look back at their photos all the time. her husband died last year at 42. what do you think the trip meant to todd? >> oh, everything. >> reporter: todd lived for just six months after his diagnosis and elizabeth says a vacation seemed hard to justify. but at sesame place in philadelphia all seemed just right. >> the girls enjoyed it; we enjoyed it as a family. and that was the last time we were a family on the trip because we literally flew home and two hours after we landed i was taking todd to the hospital and he didn't come home. >> reporter: at the white stallion ranch, jeff curtis tried not to
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 12:35am EST
they are getting from our obama. there are also some democrats who think it would be good to go over the cliff. both sides are angling over what would be a better starting point for the th conversation next ye. host: back to the phones. sandy, you're on washington journal. caller: hi. i've never been able to get in through before. host: congratulations on your persistence. guest: i have to say that i believe the republican congress is not going to do anything. look at the past two years. they have not done a thing. when they say they are concerned about jobs and spending, they have not done one thing to basically do anything about it. not job acts of infrastructure bill. nothing. i read an article by a man whose name is rex on the market watch a couple of days ago. his commentary is about two point $6 trillion that could be saved without touching savings -- $2.6 trillion dollars that could be saved without touching savings ra. he especially talks about corporate welfare tax. host: stephen dinan. guest: i would say that republicans have been focused on spending cuts. they have asked a number of
FOX Business
Dec 22, 2012 8:00pm EST
to successfully negotiate and to forge a compromise that appeals to both republicans and the far left in mr. obama's party. the president metwith senate majority leader harry reid this afternoon and talked with speaker boehner to begin anew that effort to reach compromise. >> averting this middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or republican responsibility. with their foes the american people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parties in this congress laws can only pass with support from democrats and republicans, and that means nobody gets 100 percent of what they want. lou: there are only ten days remaining tothe fiscal cliff. president obama headed to value within actually minutes, and members of congress have also gone home for chrrstmas vacation already. in a news conference today, speaker boehner admitted negotiations wh the president ha, indeed, been difficult. >> until the president on monday, these are my bottom lines. the president told me that his numbers, $1 trillion in new revenues, 850 billion in spending cuts was his bottom-line.
ABC
Dec 23, 2012 9:30am EST
the way president obama does. so does speaker boehner. whenr. obabama comes down pennsylvania anue and does something he hasas never been inclined to do, put together aa coalition in the middle of whatever moderate democrats and republblicans he confined, get off his high horse about spending, and make those compromisises that he needs to make, he is not going to win. that in i itself would empower speaker boehner which would be to his advantage. mr. oba needs to start acting like the president of the united states if he wanants to resolve this. >> you do come down awful har on the psident. any criticis for republicans? >> if you go back five years, i was quite critical of f present bush when n he came up short. i have not worked on any republican campaign. i have criticism not so much for spear boehner because he is in a very tough position. last night i saiwould you vote for t these two bills? absolutely. youave to compromise. >>>> speaker boehner has said he is the most optimistic guy in town but i think he is the most -- he may not be well liked nationwide but people in washin
FOX
Dec 23, 2012 9:00am EST
are the chances they'll go for the obama plan. >> it is zero you'd get the entire republican caucus and maybe something can happen, you can get some republicans and some democrats. but even that seems difficult. and i think that it shows how unreasonable the republicans have become. you cannot even agree to this boehner plan, which is only -- you know, letting taxes go up on pen people who make over a million dollars a year. it isn't even 1% of the country. you just can't -- how is obama supposed to negotiate with them, it is such an extreme plan, they've gone from being the party of fiscal responsibility, used to be their brand, to, we will never raise taxes on anybody, no matter what. and, i think that obama actually, has, look, you know, he gave in on the issue one time, and, now, coming back, and, they will not give even on the small little number of people, and, i just -- i think it is going to politically backfire on them, evally. >> chris: it isn't just democrats, who feel this way. one of speaker boehner's allies in the house, congressman steven la turret, also of ohio, blasted his te
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 6:00am PST
. they are largely immune to the democratic currents that made it so hard to win the white house. you have democrats who kind of look at this and say, wow, president obama gave up too much in his final offer when he went up to $400,000 on the taxes. you know, both sides, decades of polarization and you are seeing on the debt ceiling and this, it is hard to find the bridges between the parties that are representing very different americas and different coalitions. >> also looking at the possibility of going back to the minority and couple years in the minority tends to cure purests after after a while. >> you would hope. one thing that did not happen this week, the democrats could not come to conclusion what cuts in spending they would like to make. that party is as hard over on spending. >> we haven't actually seen, we have watched and they're both arguing the other's issue. you know -- >> we kept thinking couple weeks ago, we said, just not time yet. they never do anything. we are now at the time. and it does not feel like anybody is moving toward a deal. >> it feels like we're in a different era a
FOX News
Dec 23, 2012 11:00am PST
on people making more than a million dollars what are the chances that they will go for the obama plan? >> well, it is -- i mean very low that you are -- well, zero that you would get the entire republican caucus. maybe something can happen where you you get some republicans and some democrats but even that seems difficult and i think that it shows how unreasonable the republicans have become. if you cannot even agree to the boehner plan which is only letting taxes go up on people who make over a million dollars a year. is it even 1% of the country. you know, you -- there is -- you are just -- you can't -- how is obama is supposed to negotiate with them? i think it is such an extreme plan. they have gone from being the party of fiscal responsibility used to be their brand so we will never raise taxes on anybody no matter what and i think that obama has actually, look, he gave in on this issue one time and now they are coming back and they will not give even on this small little number of people. and i just -- i think it is going to politically backfire on them eventually. >> chris: it
PBS
Dec 23, 2012 10:00am PST
a pro-choice position to win votes. usually democrats have been careful and a bit defensive about that. it is the first campaign where a vote for gay marriage clearly didn't hurt and may have even helped obama in some states. so i think we saw a seed change. >> there was a time when all of us were saying, wow, what are the evangelicals and others going to do with a mormon candidate? and it wasn't an issue. >> i think that's heartening us for us as a country. no matter where you stood in the election, there wasn't a lot of expression of anti-mormon feeling on any side. and i don't even think, as far as i could tell, not even covert campaigns on this. and as we said before, white evangelicals said they wouldn't vote for a mormon. guess what, they did vote for a mormon. so i think it is good news for a country that we did not have real displays of bigotry that we often do have when you have a breakthrough candidate representing a new religious minori. >> i also think there was some anti-obama stuff in there. so when you start weighing in, oh, yeah, i'm kind of uncomfortable theologically.
FOX
Dec 22, 2012 10:00pm EST
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FOX News
Dec 23, 2012 8:00am PST
gets to cut the military which democrats have been calling for for years and he gets to blame republicans for it. >> president obama for his part said he is optimistic a deal can still be reached. he spoke at the white house friday before leaving for hawaii where he is now. but at the same time the president acknowledging there might not be time for any kind of a grand bargain. he scaled back his goals and pushing not for the big deal, but for middle class tax cut and extended benefits. a larger deal wouldn't be that hard to reach. >> what we ought to do is take speaker boehner's last offer, the president's last offer and split the difference. that would be a package of about $2.6 trillion. you couple that with the 1.1 trillion that will be done. that would be close to the $4 trillion needed to stabilize the debt and to begin to bring it down. >> and if no action is taken by the end of the year taxes go up for everybody. back to you, eric. >> we have to see. the clock is ticking. >> tick, tick, tick. more on the fiscal cliff negotiations. i am joined by congressman peter king
MSNBC
Dec 23, 2012 7:00am PST
. the choice is befudling to me. it's a choice hens and democrats are not going to like. >> it's the obama way. it's what barack obama does. >> that's the thing. his version of bipartisanship is to displease everyone. if you want to displease everyone, chuck hagel is your man. >> he doesn't displease everyone. he was my favorite republican. he defied his party on the war. the people that were 100% wrong. >> voted for it anyway. >> if you choose him to show diversity in the sense you have a republican in the cabinet, he's not someone the republicans like anyway. we were speaking about this about why the democrats feel this need to appoint a republican to secretary of defense. why? i'm not crazy about him. too conciliatory. this is in the wrong direction. >> not to mention, let's blow out guns to chuck hagel and defend him to death. when susan rice says i'm going, to let it go. she doesn't have a record of voting with the bush administration and saying homo phobic things. >> obama said he was going to the mat with her. he said if you want a fight over this nomination, i'm happy to have that. >>
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 10:00am EST
president obama. it's sort of interesting. who's ever in power in the white house, the opposite would of course i does better. a democratic in the white house tends to do better. then there's the conservative under president bush, they tend to do better. in fact, bush at one point being questioned about jobs are sent and says look what i'm doing for the book industry because there were so many books out critical of him come assorted middle of the second term. >> guest: and the irony was his own book, decision points several years ago if it wasn't the best-selling nonfiction book of that year was awfully close. >> host: the whole theory that people vote at the bookstore in much smaller numbers. but you show your alliance by buying up woke pedigrees. more polemical books about by people who cruise the authors. >> host: real-time policy books came out in james mance, the struggle. jeffrey toobin, the oath, obama white house versus the supreme court and michael grunwald, new deal: hidden story of changing the obama era along with bob woodward's, the price of politics. i want to ask, did
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 2:00am EST
are more important. i cannot be seen taking that vote. in the democratic party -- one caller mentioned social security. you are starting to see a similar backlash from the left over president obama's offered to john brennan to allow the cost of living increase for social security -- it is a lower estimate of inflation, which would mean social security benefits would rise at a lower rate in the future and could save a decent amount of money for the government. seniors and others and others with disabilities are getting lower rates in the future. a number of liberal groups say that is a benefits cut. they say they will primary any democrats who vote for it. they said if nancy pelosi votes for it, they will not offer for our support if she tries to run for the minority leader of the democrats. host: speaking of the leadership situation, talk to me a little bit about the lead -- allegiances in the house, punching in among the republicans. do the republicans favor the leadership of eric cantor more than the leadership of john boehner and? will this cost john boehner his -- more than the lea
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 8:00am PST
at the turnout among democratic voters? that was a story that got missed. the fact is, block by block, ipad by ipad, town by town. obama was organizing and generating a good deal of effort on the ground. that's a much harder story to do than repeating sound bites. the fact that a lot of people were surprised at the turnout, including republicans, tells me that was one of the big stories. >> that was a social media gaffe that the romney campaign made. they had this big organization they put together and it didn't work. >> just to button this up, i don't think we'll have a presidential campaign, again, where it's one token woman acting as a moderator. that was a positive step. >> thanks very much for joining us this morning. >>> ahead on "reliable sources" a harrowing ordeal in syria for richard engel. risk-taking reporters in just a moment. who do you think i am, quicken loans? ♪ at quicken loans, our amazingly useful mortgage calculator app allows you to quickly calculate your mortgage payment based on today's incredibly low interest rates... right from your iphone or android smartphone. one m
CBS
Dec 23, 2012 7:30am PST
to me the question is, republicans say, we can't give on taxes until you reduce spending. democrats are saying, but you reduce spending until the go on taxes. if i agreed to raise taxes, i don't believe mr. obama is going to cut spending. if we don't raise taxes, you get your way. >> and i think mayor brown is absolutely right. those are positions that they take relative to their constituents. it's all about getting compromised. it's all about what it is that we can still be able to walk up and say, i've got something for you. >> let me tell you, you can solve the problems they are facing by what we call the trigger. that is that if in the first quarter x number of dollars to come in, cuts go. quickly. however, if x number of dollars to come in, taxes go differently. so you can clearly have trigger devices. >> absolutely. >> it's still a few hours. >> they cannot make everybody were in the meantime. if you are worried about getting around this weekend, you are going to have some issues. >> their drive for the first cap. kind of watching the next few days. we talk about conditions at
CNN
Dec 22, 2012 4:00pm PST
around and in way when boehner said, don, that the ball is in the court of the democrats, it's true. the republicans have given up their role as their primary negotiators in this. to this point, they are trying work out a smaller bill, and president obama, you can tell, he is holding out hope that it can work. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want. and this is not simply a contest between parties in terms of who looks good and who doesn't. call me a hopeless optimist? i still think we can get it done. >> and i think, don, that with congress going home, the president's other option was to stay in washington while no one was there. we saw some of the vacation last year disrupted for the president's late departure, so there was that desire to come out here. but i also think that some at the white house think that allowing congress to go home may also allow them to get somewhat of an earful from their constituents that they need to get something done in what really has become the last ditch effort to deal, at least with the tax hikes as part of this, they are not able at this point,
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 7:00am EST
of it -- advantage obama had a. ronny only had six months to really prepare. host: oregon, a democrat decline, good morning. guest: were up early on the west coast. caller: i want to know what happened to ann romney. she was much more visible early on. the wives dehumanize a candidate and that was to be her job. dr. the convention, she pretty much vanished. guest: i spoke to a lot of the romney campaign staff about parole in the campaign. what i was told is that there were some ads cut between romney in the general election campaign that she just did not test well with focus groups. they showed it to focus groups of voters and they did not register positive review of those ads. what the ronny people told me was that it was not believable that the spouse of a candidate would be a good test of fire to the candidate because they are not believable. of course his boss is going to say these nice things about him because she is his boss. -- spouse. she never appeared in campaign ads during the general election campaign. we found out they cut the ads because she did not test well. guest: earlier wrong, th
MSNBC
Dec 23, 2012 5:00am PST
critical things to the black community. >> i'm not arguing that republicans are better than democrats i'm saying that the black that voted for race on obama and you know they have. >> you can run the tape. the problem with meetings like this is we can play it back. you said there's a marginal difference between a white republican and a white democrat. >> in the south there's a marginal difference between a blue dog and a -- >> part of this is that the convergence towards conservatism in the south. >> a political culture of the south is such that peopling that get elected because of the political culture? >> the bubble of politics is on the right. and we're operating open the right within that bubble. democrats operate on the right within that bubble. >> here's the question. here's the question i think that's crucial here, right? which is, the demographic changes in the south, particularly in a place like georgia, but also, the political changes in a place like virginia and north carolina, are moving votes into the democratic column, right? the question is -- is it moving the center of t
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 2:00pm EST
a divided government. we have a democratic president and a republican house of representatives. i happen to believe that creates an opportunity. i did not vote for barack obama, but i do believe that having a president in one party and a house in another party does create an opportunity for us to work together in a bipartisan way. we know if my party won everything, it would have been tough for us. it is a political attack that would be taking place from the other side of the aisle. working together, i believe we can tackle this issue. that is really what we desire. that is the right thing to do. we are in the midst of a very tough negotiations taking place between two people. the president, and the speaker of the house of representatives, john boehner. i want to express my appreciation of my colleagues. i have been a minority. i have served in the minority from 1980 to 1994. it is challenging. it is not easy. we are a 11 days away from going over the fiscal cliff and we feel strongly about the need for this institution to state its position on this. i know we have heard mr. reed indicat
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 3:00pm PST
that president obama can provide that he has not provided on this issue. yes, there's a lot of hearts and minds that have to change in congress. a lot of them republican. also some democrats. i think it's up to us as citizens if we want to see changes happen to take off the party label and to demand it of our elected officials and the people representing us. a lot of times politicians act because the citizens are demanding it. >> right. >> and crying out for it. and that's what has to happen on this issue. >> i think you're right. >> we have to lead, and they will follow. >> this is not a republican and democrat issue. i always say that -- or democratic issue. and it is because it's going to take all of us to do it, and we have to take the politics out of it. l.z., i'll give you the last word. go ahead and go on as long as you want. i'm sorry i cut you off zoosh that's quite all right. i was just going to say that what anna is describing is a microcosm with what's wrong with washington. there is this notion that the mra m mnar is a defender of the second amendment. our elected officials are sup
MSNBC
Dec 23, 2012 9:00am PST
in the next 90 days. i just finished reading that article. pretty unbelievable. >>> a democratic president at a time of political upheaval passes a major gun-control act in the wake of several shooting tragedies. that may sound like president obama's plan for the next term, but it actually happened 44 years ago. >> today we begin to disarm the criminals and the careless and the insane. and all of our people who are deeply concerned in this country about law and order should hail this day. and in our democracy, crime control is a community problem, and we would not have it any other way, for the other way would be the police state and all of its tragic consequences. >> joining me now is the director of the lbj presidential library. mark, welcome. glad to have you. >> nice to be here. >> let's talk about president johnson and what led him to pass the gun control act. >> well, there were a number of tragic circumstances throughout the year 1968, among which were the assassinations of martin luther king and bobby kennedy. and he exploited those tragedies in order to get laws through that he wo
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 3:33pm EST
to the floor of the house for a vote. only has to do is let democrats vote and it will pass. the clock is ticking. there is still time for the speaker to avoid that cliff. the senate-passed bill would protect 90% of small businesses while president obama [inaudible] and that agreement should be comprehensive. simply pass the senate bill. the only reason he worked for a day or two so it would not pass. that did not work either. americans are not fooled by the speaker's thani procedural excuses -- phony procedural excuses. let me be very plain. there is nothing preventing the speaker from taking up our bill and giving middle-class families certainty. this is not a game. there will be very serious consequences for millions of families if congress fails to compromise. there will be serious consequences for our country if congress kills to compromise. -- fails to compromise. it is time for the house republicans to remember what is at stake. $250,000 program would pass overwhelmingly in the house. it is up to the speaker to let the vote occur. >> mr. president, the republican leader. people
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